Men's Basketball Seeks Program's 1000th Win Against Loyola

Men's Basketball Seeks Program's 1000th Win Against Loyola

Game Notes vs. Loyola | Jerry Slocum Interview | Damian Eargle Interview

The Youngstown State men's basketball team (7-6, 2-1 Horizon League) searches for the program's 1000th win when it hosts Loyola(5-9, 0-4 Horizon League), Thursday Jan. 5, at 7:05 p.m. at the Beeghly Center. The game can be heard on 570 WKBN-AM.

The Loyola Series
This is the 26th meeting between Youngstown State and Loyola in a series that dates back to 1956. Loyola leads the all-time series, 14-11, and has won the three contests. Last season, Loyola swept the season series, including an 83-53 victory at the Beeghly Center. The last time YSU defeated Loyola was a 71-67 win on Jan. 9, 2010, at the Beeghly Center.

About Loyola
Loyola is currently 5-9 overall and 0-4 in the Horizon League. The Ramblers are coming off losses to Wright State, 64-49 (12/29), and Detroit, 65-54 (12/31). Ben Averkamp leads the Ramblers with 15 points and 7.1 rebounds per game and Walt Gibler is averaging 13.5 points per game.

A Win Will
• Improve YSU 8-6 on the year and 3-1 in the Horizon League.
• Surpass YSU's Horizon League win total from last season.
• Mark the first time the Guins start conference play 3-1 since joining the Horizon League.
• Marks the first time since 2000-01 YSU begins conference play with a 3-1 mark.
• Mark YSU's fourth home win of the season.
• Mark the program's 12th win over Loyola.
• Mark the first win over Loyola since 2010.
• Mark Head Coach Jerry Slocum's 646th career victory and his 66th at Youngstown State.
• Mark YSU's 1,000th victory in the program's history.

Nearing 1,000 Wins
The Guins are approaching a significant milestone in the program's history. YSU has won 999 games and needs just one more to collect the program's 1,000th win.

Eargle Named HL Player of the Week
Junior forward Damian Eargle was named the Horizon League Player of the Week on Jan. 2. Eargle posted his second double-double with a season-high 20 points and 10 rebounds and led the Penguins to a 73-67 win over Cleveland State on Dec. 31. Eargle scored 14 of his points in the second half. He went 8-of-11 from the field. It marks the first time in his YSU career Eargle has won the league accolade.

Eargle Single-Season Blocks Rank 4th
Junior Damian Eargle has 53 blocks in 13 games this season. His total already ranks fourth on the YSU single-season blocks chart. His 91 last season rank second on the list.

Allen Streakin From 3
Junior Blake Allen has made at least one 3-pointer in all 13 games this season and has made at least one in 20 straight contests dating back to last year. He has also made at least three 3-pointers in eight of the 13 games this year. Allen also leads the Horizon League with 3.2 3-pointers made per game. Allen has also made 81 3-pointers in the last 30 games.

Last Time Out
Damian Eargle recorded his second double-double of the season and senior Ashen Ward scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half as the Guins toppled Cleveland State, 73-67, on Dec. 31, in Cleveland, Ohio. Senior DuShawn Brooks also netted 17 points for the Guins.

Up Next
The Guins welcome UIC to the Beeghly Center, Saturday, Jan. 7, at 7:05 p.m.

Eargle Moves Into Second
Junior Damian Eargle has moved into second place on the YSU career blocks chart in just 43 games played. Eargle has 144 blocked shots. The only player ahead of Eargle is Ricky Tunstall, who recorded 221 career blocks. Counting his 57 blocks at UNC-Greensboro, Eargle has reached 201 blocked shots for his entire college career.

Guins Setting Record Pace
The Guins have made 125 3-pointers in 13 games this season for an average of 9.6 3-pointers made per game. They are on pace to shatter the school's single-season mark of 235 set last year. If YSU continues this pace over the next 17 guaranteed games, they will finish the season with 288 3-pointers made.

Brooks Tearin' Up Horizon League
Just three games into the Horizon League slate, senior DuShawn Brooks is having his way with his opponents. Brooks is averaging 19.3 points and five rebounds per game. The 6-foot-7 forward is shooting 61.8 percent (21-for-34) from the field and 63.2 percent (12-for-19) from 3-point range.

Ward Highlights For Hometown
Senior Ashen Ward stepped up big for the Guins playing in front of his hometown crowd in Cleveland, Ohio, on Dec. 31. Ward scored 15 points, including 12 in the second half, to help YSU to a 73-67 win over Cleveland State. Ward connected on 4-of-7 from the field, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range. In the three games prior, Ward was just 1-for-16 from the floor and 0-for-8 from behind the arc.

Allen Nearing 100 3's
In just 43 career games, junior Blake Allen is nearing the century mark for 3-pointers made. Allen has 89 3-pointers during his time at YSU. The fastest to reach 100 made 3-pointers in a career was Elmer Brown, who made his 100th triple in his 45th game.

Perry Nearing 500 Points
Sophomore Kendrick Perry could become the 33rd player in school history to score 1,000 career points. In just 43 career games, Perry has scored 465 points and needs just 35 more to reach the mid-way point of the coveted plateau. For his career, he is averaging 10.8 points per game, including a 15.1 points per game scoring average this year.

Brooks Increasing Offensive Production
Senior DuShawn Brooks has increased dramatically his offensive from last season to this year. Brooks has scored in double figures in six of the last eight games, including two 20-point performance. Over that span, Brooks averaged 14.3 points per game and shot 52.6 percent (41-of-78) from the field and 53.2 percent (25-of-47) from 3-point range. Last year, Brooks reached double digits just six times, scored at least 20 points just once and made a total of 21 3-pointers.

Ward Now Ranks 9th
With 18 3-pointers this season, senior Ashen Ward now ranks ninth all-time with 115 career 3-pointers. He needs two more to move into eighth place on the list.

Allen, Brooks Have Chance For Record
Junior Blake Allen and senior DuShawn Brooks are challenging to set the YSU single-season 3-point field-goal percentage record. Brooks is shooting 47.3 percent from 3-point range and Allen is shooting at a 43.8 clip from behind the arc. The single-season mark was set by Andre Smith (45.9 percent) during the 1993-94 season.

Guins Celebrate 40 Years in Beeghly
The 2011-12 campaign is the 40th season the Beeghly Center has been the home of Youngstown State men's basketball. YSU first took to the court in the Beeghly Center in 1972-73. YSU has a record of 316-234 in games played in the Beeghly Center.

KP Notches Second Double-Double
Sophomore Kendrick Perry recorded his second career double-double with 18 points and 10 assists against Buffalo on Dec. 10. His first career double-double came against Wilberforce on Jan. 11, 2011,when he scored 13 points with 10 rebounds.

The 87 Percent
The Guins' offense has basically come from its five starters this season. Kendrick Perry, Blake Allen, Damian Eargle, Ashen Ward and DuShawn Brooks combine of an average of 58.3 points per game. As a team, the Guins are averaging 67.3 points per game, which translates into the starters scoring 87 percent of the team's points.

Brooks Named Player of the Week
Senior DuShawn Brooks was named the Horizon League Player of the Week for Dec. 5. Brooks averaged 20.5 points per game and shot 61.5 percent from the field and 64.3 percent from 3-point range. He scored a career-high 24 points against Detroit on Dec. 1 to lead the Guins to a 64-61 win. He also led the team with 17 points in a one-point loss to Wright State on Dec. 3. The last YSU player to earn the award was DeAndre Mays on Jan. 11, 2010.

Last With 10 Assists
With 10 assists against Buffalo on Dec. 10, sophomore Kendrick Perry became the first player to accomplish the feat since DeAndre May did so against Valparaiso on Feb. 13, 2010.

Guins Set 3's Mark Again
For the third time this season, the Guins tied the school single-game record with 14 3-pointers made in a game against Buffalo on Dec. 10. The Guins tied the school single-game mark with 14 3-pointers game against Penn State on Nov. 23. and Notre Dame College on Nov. 15. The previous time YSU made 14 3 pointers in a game was against Butler on Jan. 9, 2011. Against the Bulls, the Guins also tied the school single-game mark for most 3-point field goals attempted with 35.

Brooks Had Career Day at Detroit
Senior DuShawn Brooks turned in a career-best performance with 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the floor, including 6-of-9 from 3-point range.

Eargle Third Nationally
Junior Damian Eargle continues to be a one of the top shot blockers in the country. Eargle currently ranks third nationally with 4.1 blocks per game. Last season, he finished the year ranked 10th in the country with 3.0 blocks per game.

Guins in National Stats
In the latest NCAA stats released on Jan. 1, YSU can be found throughout several categories. The Guins rank fifth nationally with 9.6 3-pointers made per game, 20th with 6.8 blocks per game and 33rd with a .388 3-point field-goal percentage. Individually, besides Damian Eargle, Blake Allen is ninth with 3.2 3-pointers made per game and 36th with a .438 3-point percentage.

Allen, Perry Score 20
Junior Blake Allen and sophomore Kendrick Perry became the first duo to score at least 20 points in game since Vytas Sulskis (25) and Damian Eargle (24) accomplished the feat against Malone on Dec. 13, 2010. Allen scored 25 and Perry posted 23 against Penn State on Nov. 23.

Eargle Has Chance For 1,000
In under three seasons of playing college basketball, junior Damian Eargle has scored more than 700 points with 744. Eargle needs just 256 more points to reach 1,000 for his entire career, which includes 268 points during the 2008-09 season at UNC-Greensboro. Last season, Eargle ranked second on the squad with 339 points for an average of 11.3 points per game.

Perry Nets Career Scoring High
Sophomore Kendrick Perry scored a career-high 28 points on 9-of-17 shooting from the field to lead the Guins to a 76-69 win over Samford on Nov. 12. Perry's 28 points are the most points scored by a sophomore since Doug Underwood scored 28 against Green Bay on Jan. 29, 2003. He also made four 3-pointers with four assists and four steals.

Last to Score 30
With 30 points against Loyola on Jan. 9, 2010, DeAndre Mays set a career-high and became the first player to score at least 30 points since Keston Roberts scored 31 against Detroit on Feb. 27, 2007. Mays' performance was the 10th time under Jerry Slocum a player has scored at least 30 points in a game. YSU had just 10 30-point plus performances from Feb. 1988 to Dec. 2005.